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Threatened Ecosystems Projects:

Our goal is to protect and restore threatened ecosystems in Latah County and the Palouse region on a scale that supports the self-sustaining function of these ecosystems.

The conversion of land in Latah County from native bunchgrass prairie and timbered slopes to harvested forestland and agricultural fields began in the late 1800’s.  Today less than six percent of the original native prairie remains and commercial stand management has largely replaced the natural processes that once shaped forestlands. 


Within the Threatened Ecosystems resource of community concern, Latah SWCD efforts will focus on the following five ecosystem types and limiting factors:

Five Ecosystems Types and Limiting Factors:

Camas Meadows

Lowered Water Tables

Land Conversion

Invasive Plants

Spalding's Catchfly

Working on restoring habitat for this threatened species

Ponderosa Pine

Altered Fire Regimes

Disease and Insects

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Palouse Prairie

Restoration and Preservation

Land Conversion

Pollinator habitat

Invasive Plants


Palouse Prairie Project

Working with landowners to restore rare and endangered prairie

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Riparian Restoration

Restoring our decreasing wetlands to stabilize base flow conditions


Canyon Grasslands

Livestock Grazing

Invasive Plants


Lowered Water Tables

Land Conversion

Invasive Plants

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Swimming Fish

Threatened Ecosystems

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Monarch Butterfly Project

Working with landowners to increase habitat for native pollinator species